Light Boxes

Light Boxes

Book - 2010
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A poignant and fantastical first novel by a timeless new literary voice.

With all the elements of a classic fable, vivid descriptions, and a wholly unique style, this idiosyncratic debut introduces a new and exciting voice to readers of such authors as George Saunders, Kurt Vonnegut, and Yann Martel.

In Light Boxes , the inhabitants of one closely-knit town are experiencing perpetual February. It turns out that a god-like spirit who lives in the sky, named February, is punishing the town for flying, and bans flight of all kind, including hot air balloons and even children's kites. It's February who makes the sun nothing but a faint memory, who blankets the ground with snow, who freezes the rivers and the lakes. As endless February continues, children go missing and more and more adults become nearly catatonic with depression. But others find the strength to fight back, waging war on February.
Publisher: New York : Penquin Books, 2010.
ISBN: 9780143117780
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jones Shane 05/2010
Characteristics: 145 p. ;,18 cm.


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a haunting prose legend of a town fighting february for summer.

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JCLEmmaF Apr 07, 2017

more of a prose-poem novella. It's whimsy, about personified February who is punishing a town for flight.

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Jul 10, 2013

A quirky little book. A very thought provoking with no definite message….and by that, I mean that the book will have a different feeling for each reader, depending what your own life experiences and challenges. That being said, in order to enjoy this book, you must be open to very odd book. Therefore, if you are the type of reader who prefers a straightforward book where everything “fits” and “makes sense”, it is unlikely that you’ll see the value in this book.


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